A Montrose granny has visited her grandson in Thailand for the first time since her son’s funeral last year and raised funds to send him to nursery.
Trish Winton’s son David Wyllie (36) was killed in a road accident on February 3, 2015, in Thailand where he had been living for the past few years.
David lived in Ban Chang, a small town two hours from Bangkok.
His mum travelled to Thailand in February to visit her two-and-a-half-year old grandson, William, and David’s partner, Kai, for the first time since the funeral.
There was a traditional Thai ceremony and cremation held for David after his death.
Trish said: “It was very emotional for me as I was surrounded by my son’s memories. It’s still very raw - but at the same time it was wonderful to see Kai and William.
“He is growing so fast and I’m very proud of that fact that Kai, with her limited English, is trying to speak half-English and half-Thai to William.”
David’s tragic death left Kai and William without an income.
Trish has been raising money to send the toddler to the school at which David wanted to enrol his son.
Reps Rayong is an English-speaking school in the Rayong province in the east of Thailand, a short bus journey away from the youngster’s hometown of Ban Chang.
Thanks to the fundraising effort and the generosity of the community, William is starting nursery this month.
It will cost around £30,000 for William’s education from nursery to year 13.
Trish said: “He even knows his alphabet and is ready to start nursery school at Reps Rayong this month, so its quite exciting!
“Kai sends her heartfelt thanks to the people of Montrose for their generosity and amazing fundraising efforts.
“Our next fundraiser will be a ceilidh at the Park Hotel in February 2017, details of which will be advertised later in the year.”